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Match Day
Saturday, 29 December, 15:00PM - Edgeley Park
Att. 3,784 (171 away)
1
Stockport County

Minihan 87


0
Kidderminster Harriers

Key Moments

The Reds matched the high-flying Hatters and went close to breaking the deadlock in the second half while also defending solidly.

As the game edged towards its conclusion, though, County struck with a deflected header finding the far corner to secure a 1-0 victory.



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A HEADER ten minutes from time was enough to condemn Harriers to back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season at Stockport.

The Reds matched the high-flying Hatters and went close to breaking the deadlock in the second half while also defending solidly.

As the game edged towards its conclusion, though, County struck with a deflected header finding the far corner to secure a 1-0 victory.

Harriers probably started the brighter of the two sides, with Bradley seeing a low shot saved, before Warburton moved the home side into the ascendancy with a brace of efforts of his own.

Brandon Hall made a superb save around the half-hour mark as he extended himself to keep out a Thomas effort from close-range, the ball re-worked to Stephenson who sliced an effort off target.

Turnbull went close for Stockport on 36 minutes when his shot rose high and over the bar, before Baxendale skewed over at the other end after being played in by Bradley.

Stockport did net before the break only to see the goal, from Palmer, ruled out for a foul.

Seven after the restart and with Harriers forced into replacing the ill Baxendale with debutant Phillips, Johnson aimed a header at goal but saw the shot saved, Phillips himself then advancing and striking over.

Harriers always looked close to creating that one killer chance; past the hour, Chambers hit wide off a Waring knock-down and Bradley saw a shot of his own deflected through to the goalkeeper.

Still the chances came as Bradley volleyed wide and Weeks went close with a low drive that rolled past the post. Just five minutes after the latter, the home side's goal came as a corner was nodded in by Minihan, off Penn, to the delight of the majority of the 3,000 crowd.

Harriers must yet again attempt to dust themselves off and regroup head of the home game with Hereford on New Year's Day.

Stockport County

1
Goals
11
Shots at goal
5
Shots on target
10
Corners
0
Offside
1
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Kidderminster Harriers

0
Goals
11
Shots at goal
6
Shots on target
3
Corners
0
Offside
2
Yellow cards
0
Red cards

Stockport County

1
Ben Hinchliffe
2
Sam Minihan
3
Scott Duxbury
4
Paul Turnbull (C)
5
Ashley Palmer
6
Jamie Stott
7
Adam Thomas
Cowan 78
8
Sam Walker
Stephenson 8
9
Frank Mulhern
10
Elliot Osborne
11
Matty Wharburton
Bell 77

Substitutes

12
Dan Cowan
Thomas 78
13
Ian Ormson
14
Alex Jackson
15
Darren Stephenson
Walker 8
16
Nyal Bell
Mulhern 77

Kidderminster Harriers

1
Brandon Hall
2
Lee Vaughan
3
Sam Austin
4
Russell Penn
5
Fraser Horsfall
6
Ryan Johnson
7
Declan Weeks
8
James Baxendale
Phillips 46
9
Ashley Chambers
10
Dan Bradley
11
Kane Richards
Waring 57

Substitutes

12
Jimmy O'Connor
14
George Waring
Richards 57
15
Aaron Phillips
Baxendale 46
16
Jaiden White
18
Tom Palmer

Lee Vaughan wants Harriers to “thrive” off the challenge of playing in front of another big crowd at Stockport County on Saturday.

The Reds will travel to face an in-form Hatters side who’ve begun climbing the table at a rapid pace, with a strong turnout expected.

It comes just days after the Boxing Day defeat to Hereford that saw 500 Harriers fans among a crowd of 3,000.

All in all, these are the ingredients that should make for the perfect motivation for the team, Vaughan feels, particularly the younger members of the camp.

Speaking to the club’s official YouTube channel, the defender commented: “We should thrive off it.

“We said in the dressing room before the Hereford game – it was a proper ground with proper fans who filled [it], and it will be the same at Stockport.

“They’re the games we want to be playing in… we don’t want to be going to places at playing in front of three people and a boring atmosphere.

“We want to be going to places like this – especially the young lads, they should thrive off it.

“All you wanted to do on Boxing Day was score a goal and run to our fans because that’s proper football.”

Harriers may have to be without Billy Daniels for the fixture after he suffered a knee injury following a poor challenge at Edgar Street against the Bulls.

"...they have a manager who always makes them competitive..." Lee Vaughan on Stockport

The midfielder’s condition will be assessed again prior to the County clash, but Russ Penn would likely be the most probable replacement if needed after he took up the mantle on Boxing Day.

Whatever the line-ups or conditions, encounters between Harriers and Stockport have always been competitive affairs.

Vaughan knows well enough that Jim Gannon’s men will prove a stern opposition, but he insists that won’t stop the group from travelling with the right intentions.

“They’re competitive and they have a manager who always makes them competitive,” he added:

“But, on our day, we can beat anyone and that will be the aim – to go and pick up all three points.”

Kick off at Stockport County on Saturday is at 3:00pm.

WATCH: Lee Vaughan’s full pre-match video interview, courtesy of our YouTube channel, by clicking the video tab above.

WATCH: Extended highlights of the Boxing Day defeat to Hereford.

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